IPL 2022 Final: Hardik Pandya becomes the only third captain to receive ‘Man of the Match’ in the league

Gujarat Titans, in their inaugural IPL season, won the league, won the first qualifier, and then dominated Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022 final in Ahmedabad.

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Hardik Pandya of the Gujarat Titans joins Anil Kumble (2009) and Rohit Sharma (2015) as the third captain to win a man of the match title in the Indian Premier League.

Hardik Pandya took the lead early in the IPL 2022 final against Rajasthan Royals, delivering a magnificent spell to put Gujarat Titans in charge.

Gujarat Titans crushed Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets to win their inaugural title in front of a full stadium at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday, with captain Hardik Pandya putting on an all-round performance.

Pandya bowled 30 overs in the IPL 2022, appearing in 10 games and missing the others due to a slight groin injury and the fact that his primary five bowlers, along with Rahul Tewatia, had done the job.

Pandya, on the other hand, took it upon himself to give a magnificent performance with the ball in the final against the Rajasthan Royals. Pandya added three to his tally – and three important ones: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and Shimron Hetmyer – allowing only 17 runs in his quota of four overs.

Hardik Pandya did not bowl a single ball in the previous two seasons due to a back problem and other concerns that stopped him from bowling even a few overs.

Now, after taking a month off between the T20 World Cup in November and the start of the IPL 2022 in March, a re-energized Pandya, the captain of the new Gujarat Titans franchise, has produced a performance to remember, and a shut-down showcase to anyone doubting his highly elevated abilities with the ball.